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50 Firsts in York

Remember that excited feeling you got when you discovered somewhere new for the first time? Discover fifty first time experiences in York....and if you've visited before, some new ideas for your next trip! We look forward to welcoming you in 2014!

Jill Turton - Step into the Pulpit at York Minster

Every hour on the hour, the duty chaplain in black hat and cloak climbs into a pulpit in the vast nave of York Minster, taps the microphone and conducts a short prayer of thanksgiving that echoes round the mighty church. When he's finished the organist resumes his practise and clergy, lay people and visitors continue on their way. It's a small reminder that as well as a tourist attraction with a million visitors a year, York Minster is also a place of worship, a church that was dedicated to St Peter nearly 1500 years ago.

Jill Turton- Where to Shop in York

Shoppping in York is an irresistible part of any visit to this vibrant city. If you are looking for a unique gift idea, want to treat the kids or even spoil yourself rotten, look no further. Find out here as Jill Turton shares her tips on York?s finest independent boutiques, vintage stores and popular high street retailers.

48 Hours in York

Singular treats await in this historic city, from Roman remains to Norse sagas, via chocolate, beer and trains


Jill Turton - why the National Railway Museum is the perfect day out

As part of its publicity branding the National Railway Museum boasts that it's the biggest railway museum in the world. They sell themselves short; it must surely be the biggest and the best. Of course, Britain has an unparalleled heritage in its railways but York has collared the cream, a staggering collection from the quaintest 'Puffing Billy' loco to a Japanese Bullet train, from opulent Royal carriages (I want one, now) to the 'muck trucks' that dug out the Channel Tunnel.

Jill Turton - Eating out in York

Once people only wrote about Bettys, the stylish tearoom in St Helen's Square that served up dainty sandwiches and Fat Rascals in surroundings that recalled a 1920s luxury liner. Bettys is still there, still decked out like the Queen Mary and still York's favourite tearoom, but York is now as global as its visitors from a top notch Italian Le Langhe, Korean Oshibi, Polish Barbakan, South Indian Coconut Lagoon and everything in between.

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

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